Ti Tree and Rocky Hill free of fruit fly

A biosecurity program has successfully eradicated Queensland fruit fly from the Ti Tree and Rocky Hill areas.

These areas are maintained as fruit fly exclusion zones and are vital to growers in the area so they can trade local horticulture produce (valued at more than $5 million per year) to interstate markets.

Earlier this year a small number of Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni complex) were detected in the Ti Tree and Rocky Hill fruit fly exclusion zones as part of routine monitoring. 

Since then, biosecurity officers from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources have been working with local industry and residents to eradicate fruit fly from the area. 

Area freedom accreditation has been restored so local growers will be able to distribute fruit from these locations to interstate markets this season. Regular trapping and monitoring will remain in place to ensure it can maintain this status.

Queensland fruit fly is native in northern Australia and is a major horticultural pest. 

Assistance from residents is essential to help these areas retain fruit fly free status by cleaning up all fallen and unharvested fruit and vegetables, which can act as a host for fruit fly. 

For more information view the Ti Tree fruit fly exclusion zone fact sheet (1.1 mb).

Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can all support our local horticulture industry and the Territory’s reputation for providing clean and green produce.

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